The Phils hold on to defeat the Brewers, 6-5, in the process eliminating the Marlins from divisional contrntion while dropping their magic number over the Braves to 3. With the victory, they have tied their franchise road win record with 48 wins, first set in 1976, as they head home for their final seven games of the season.
The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run to right field on a 2-1 fast ball, his twenty-first home run of the season. Three batters later, with a runner on third, and with one out, Ryan Howard would make it 2-0 Phils with an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier tripled. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Raul Ibanez and Paul Bako, and Phils’ starter Joe Blanton being hit by the pitch, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run double, scoring both Ibanez and Bako, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Blanton over to third base. The Brewers got a run back in their half of the second as Mike Cameron hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the season, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would make it 6-1 in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one out, Pedro Feliz hits a two-run single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on a wild pitch, and Ibanez, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on the wild pitch. The Brewers would cut down the Phils’ lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one out, Mat Gamel hits a three-run home run, knocking in Cameron, who had been hit by the pitch, and then went to third on Alcides Escobar’s single, and Escobar, who had earlier singled, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Braun hits an RBI single, knocking in Corey Hart, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base, making it 6-5 Phils. But that would be the final score, as the Phils’ bullpen would then hold off the Brewers for the next three and a half innings, with Ryan Madson pitching a four outs save, his ninth save of the year, ending the Phils’ last road trip of the year at 5-5.
Joe Blanton got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, four walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. His record is now 12-7 with an ERA of 3.95. Clay Condrey pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Sergio Escalona pitched a third of an inning, recording his second hold, as he got out the man he would face. Chad Durbin pitched an inning and a third of shut out ball as he recorded his eighth hold, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his ninth save of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up only a hit, while striking out one. Dave Bush took the lost as he pitched four and one third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out five. His record is now 5-9 with a 6.38 ERA. Josh Butler pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. Chris Smith, David Weathers and Mitch Stetter combined for three and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up only two hits (Weathers (1), Stetter (1)) and a walk (Weathers), while together striking out three batters (one batter each).
The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with all of their starters, including Joe Blanton, getting at least a hit. Jimmy Rollins led the way with three hits, including a solo home run and a double, knocking in a run, as he raised his batting average to .247. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Paul Bako each followed with two hits, with one of Utley’s hits being a triple, with both of Howard’s hits being doubles, as he knocked in a run, and one of Bako’s hits being a double. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Pedro Feliz and Joe Blanton had the other five Phils’ hits, with Victorino’s being a double, knocking in two runs, and Feliz’s being a two-run single. The Phils’ bats once again were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities, leaving fourteen men on base, with most of it occurring during the middle innings.
The Phillies (90-65, 1st East) will start their final home stand of the season with a four-games series against the Astros (72-83, 5th Central), starting tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (10-9, 4.11), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 23, when he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to rebound from that start and his earlier start against the Astros on September 6, in his other bad start this month, as well as try to further lower the Phils’ magic number. He will be opposed by Yorman Bazard (0-2, 9.55), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on September 22, as he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two in the Astros’ 11-2 lost. He will be trying for his first win of the season. The Phils will be trying to being a hot streak at home so that they won’t have to worry about clinching the East at home against the Marlins,